Businesses across Devon are celebrating after being honoured at this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards. The event, which took place on 14th March at the Great Hall of the University of Exeter, saw 89 awards being presented. 

All forms of hospitality business were amongst the winners, with cafes, pubs, distilleries and more all celebrating alongside attractions, camping and glamping sites, holiday parks, B&Bs, cottages and hotels.

Several Visit Devon members were honoured, so congratulations to the following:

Alder Vineyard
Gold, Café/tea room of the Year
Silver, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Bovey Castle
Gold, Large Hotel of the Year

Cary Arms
Gold, Casual Dining Award

Cofton Holidays
Bronze, Holiday Park of the Year

Dartmoor Zoo
Commended, Business Events Venue of the year

Ladram Bay
Gold, Holiday Park of the Year

Lympstone Manor Hotel
Silver, Small Hotel of the Year

Milky Way Adventure Park
Silver, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Seaton Tramway
Gold, Experience of the Year for Story Tram
Bronze, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sleepy Owl Devon
Gold, Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
Gold, New Tourism Business Award
Silver, Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Valleyside Escape
Gold, Glamping Business of the Year

Waterfront House
Silver, B&B and Guesthouse of the Year

Congratulations to all Devon businesses and everyone across the South West who were shortlisted.

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manages the Awards, added: “The impact of these awards on the region’s top tourism businesses never ceases to amaze me.  It means so much to them.  Many congratulations to each and every one of them .” 

The awards were sponsored by Wildanet. Helen Wylde-Archibald, Wildanet CEO said: “Congratulations to all the winners from last night’s awards. With the standard of entries being so high this year, it demonstrates the incredible work that businesses throughout the South West are doing to stand-out and help to position our region as one that is truly world-class. The region has so much to offer as a tourism destination in the UK, if not the World; and the South West Tourism Awards are a fantastic stage on which to showcase and celebrate those incredible businesses that are flying the flag for the region. Many congratulations to all the winners from the evening, and we look forward to seeing you again at the next awards.”

The 2024/25 tourism awards will launch in April with a programme of events throughout the autumn and winter.

Photo: Credit to Nick Williams, Sleepy Owl at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards

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